If you follow me on twitter you might know I suffer from a lot of stomach problems. I have done since I was a teenager really, which leads me to think they are linked in-part to my hormones. Since having the gastric bypass nearly seven years ago and my gallbladder removed 4 years ago they have worsened to the point that I am in crippling pain at some point, most days, and I can’t leave the house without some imodium, buscopan and painkillers.
I’ve been under the care of a specialist for nearly a year now and I’m having some tests and procedures done to rule out anything like Crohn’s for example as I’ve also been experiencing fatigue, joint pain, nausea, dizziness and a whole host of other symptoms, the doctor is sure I have IBS aggravated by my surgeries and has advised that I try the FODMAP diet, which I’ve kind of been putting off.
FODMAP stands for Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and PolyolS which are the names for molecules found in food, they are thought to aggravate IBS symptoms, and by adapting a low FODMAP diet you can help your digestive health.
As someone with a history of eating disorders the thought of any ordered eating plan scares me, regardless of its potential benefits to my stomach health. I guess I’m scared about getting too involved in it. If I do happen to lose some weight on it (which is a possibility with any change to eating habits) I’m scared it will undo all the positive steps I’ve taken to embrace my body and the love I have for myself. On the flip side I’m scared if I don’t quite stick to it, I’ll be very hard on myself, which will too, be very damaging.
But I guess what I have to keep in my mind is that this is for the health of my stomach. This is to help purely with my pain and hopefully alleviate it somewhat.
I was just wondering really if any of you have had experience with it? If you have any top tips, if you found it helpful, that kind of thing?
I’ve started a little pinterest board, which you can see here, it’s still in its early days, and I’ve followed a few twitter accounts too. Do you have any helpful resources at all?
Thanks gang <3